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BA in Global Business (Spain) (Bachelor Honours Degree)


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CAO Code: DC114
Points Last Year: 500
Duration: 4 yrs
Type of degree: Full-time
Contact: Business School Office

Understanding the Course:

The BA in Global Business is a unique course, combining a broad understanding of international business with intercultural experience and work placements. As such, you will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to work in the challenging and diverse world of international business.

About You:

Are you interested in pursuing a career in business with an international dimension? Are you excited by the prospect of spending two years in a leading university abroad? Would you like the opportunity to study with a diverse group of students from all over the world? If so, this course is for you.

Course Structure:

This degree is the only one of its type in Ireland and is a unique and exciting way to learn business. You will spend the first two years in DCU (including a work placement in Ireland) and the final two years in the relevant partner institution abroad, where you study through that country's language and university system. You will also go on a work placement while abroad. At the end of your four years of study, you will graduate with two qualifications, one from DCU and one from the partner institution.

Business: The main emphasis is on business subjects. Over the four years, you will gain an understanding of the principles of business, especially international business. In your first two years, you will study subjects such as accounting, finance, economics and marketing. On transferring to the partner institution in Year Three, the focus on international business continues, and in Year Four, you have the opportunity to specialise in a variety of business areas.

Language and culture: For students on DC112, DC113 and DC114, the course includes the study of European political, cultural and social developments. These are combined with the study of French, German or Spanish, which will be your working language of the final two years of the course. Overseas students have the opportunity to learn another European language in Years One and Two, or Chinese.

Students on the USA and Canada courses, study North American history, politics and business practice, and also have the option to study a second language.

The course is offered in conjunction with our partners from the International Partnership of Business Schools.

Spain: ICADE at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain. ICADE is part of the faculty of business and enterprise at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas. It is one of Spain's oldest and most highly regarded business schools (

Programme Learning Goals

  1. Graduates will have acquired the knowledge necessary to operate effectively in a global and local marketplace
  2. Graduates will be solutions orientated; adept at critically analysing business, societal and/or ethical issues and proposing appropriate solutions
  3. Graduates will be effective communicators
  4. Graduates will possess the requisite skills for both group and self-directed learning
  5. Graduates will appreciate that knowledge is not fixed or static, and that insights and skills can always be improved and developed

View the subjects currently taught on this course (2016 - 2017)

Why DCU:

• Experience business in a global context through studying and working in two countries with international students from the International Partnership of Business Schools.

• Gain two qualifications, awarded by DCU and another top international business school.

• Benefit from two work placements, one in Ireland and one abroad.

• Learn business knowledge while immersing yourself in two different social, cultural and political environments.

• Have the option of specialising in a specific area of business in your final year.

What Our Graduates Say

Cross-cultural experience is a most beneficial way for any student to progress and explore new ideas. The Global Business degree is an excellent program that facilitates this experience and broadens the mind. Living, studying and working in a foreign country is an education in itself, and cannot be learned from a textbook.

Paul Chawke, Global Business (USA) Graduate

Career Prospects:

This degree is designed to develop graduates who will be future leaders in an increasingly global and diverse business environment. This course has at its core the opportunity to study in an overseas business school and to immerse yourself in global business, cultural and social practices.

Graduates from this course are working from Brussels to Buenos Aires and beyond, specialising in a range of areas including finance, marketing and human resource management.

Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate
In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:

OC3 or HD3 Maths and HC3 in Spanish

GCE A Level
In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:

GCE A-Level D or GCE AS-Level C or GCSE C Mathematics plus GCE A-Level C in Spanish

FETAC Level 5
No Entry Path

Transfer Applications
Holders of a HETAC Higher Certificate/National Certificate in Business Studies with Merit or Distinction who can demonstrate competence in Spanish commensurate with one year full-time post-leaving certificate study, may be considered for admission into the second year.

International Applications
International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations:

Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU:

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here

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